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Fur trade in Hong Kong: animal rights activists call on government to ban industry in city during annual protest

Dozens gather for annual rally against the industry and say government is an accomplice of the fur trade if it doesn’t ban the business.

18 Feb 2019 - 11:29AM
Fur trade in Hong Kong: animal rights activists call on government to ban industry in city during annual protest

Dozens gather for annual rally against the industry and say government is an accomplice of the fur trade if it doesn’t ban the business.

Eight in 10 Hongkongers would be willing to report corruption, ICAC survey finds

Anti-graft agency’s image remains positive, poll shows.

16 Feb 2019 - 10:19AM
Eight in 10 Hongkongers would be willing to report corruption, ICAC survey finds

Anti-graft agency’s image remains positive, poll shows.

Doctor who wrongly filled balloon with gas before it burst inside Hong Kong woman’s anus ‘may have been distracted’

The hospital apologises again for blunder, which left 86-year-old needing emergency surgery

15 Feb 2019 - 11:41PM
Doctor who wrongly filled balloon with gas before it burst inside Hong Kong woman’s anus ‘may have been distracted’

The hospital apologises again for blunder, which left 86-year-old needing emergency surgery

Expats find lure of Hong Kong hard to resist despite what liveability surveys say

Immigration Department has seen more than 30 per cent increase in number of employment visas with high cost of living outweighed by bigger salaries, lifestyle, and opportunity to travel.

10 Feb 2019 - 9:24PM
Expats find lure of Hong Kong hard to resist despite what liveability surveys say

Immigration Department has seen more than 30 per cent increase in number of employment visas with high cost of living outweighed by bigger salaries, lifestyle, and opportunity to travel.

Hong Kong consumer complaints up for first time since 2014, with vaccinations a common gripe

Consumer Council records 26,165 complaints in 2018 about goods and services bought in the city, with vaccine Gardasil 9 a major source of upset.

31 Jan 2019 - 10:25PM
Hong Kong consumer complaints up for first time since 2014, with vaccinations a common gripe

Consumer Council records 26,165 complaints in 2018 about goods and services bought in the city, with vaccine Gardasil 9 a major source of upset.

Hong Kong to offer more drop-in boxes for cash handout scheme in response to complaints over complicated application process

Officials are looking into providing additional locations for successful applicants without local bank accounts to collect and cash their allocation cheques.

30 Jan 2019 - 4:51PM
Hong Kong to offer more drop-in boxes for cash handout scheme in response to complaints over complicated application process

Officials are looking into providing additional locations for successful applicants without local bank accounts to collect and cash their allocation cheques.

Hong Kong accelerates electric car scheme after just 321 motorists trade in old vehicle for HK$250,000 tax break

Rules relaxed for scheme granting HK$250,000 concession after lukewarm response last year.

28 Jan 2019 - 11:22PM
Hong Kong accelerates electric car scheme after just 321 motorists trade in old vehicle for HK$250,000 tax break

Rules relaxed for scheme granting HK$250,000 concession after lukewarm response last year.

Wildlife smugglers still at large after Hong Kong’s biggest ivory seizure in 30 years results in zero prosecutions

Customs seized seven tonnes of tusks worth about HK$70 million in a shipment of frozen fish in 2017 but justice department said there was insufficient evidence to support a reasonable prospect of conviction.

28 Jan 2019 - 10:06AM
Wildlife smugglers still at large after Hong Kong’s biggest ivory seizure in 30 years results in zero prosecutions

Customs seized seven tonnes of tusks worth about HK$70 million in a shipment of frozen fish in 2017 but justice department said there was insufficient evidence to support a reasonable prospect of conviction.

Hong Kong Airlines staff refused to allow wheelchair user on flight because she was alone and couldn’t walk

Lawmaker says carrier’s online instructions not clear compared with other airlines.

27 Jan 2019 - 6:10PM
Hong Kong Airlines staff refused to allow wheelchair user on flight because she was alone and couldn’t walk

Lawmaker says carrier’s online instructions not clear compared with other airlines.

Reinstate flexible timings for outpatient mental health services so sufferers can balance work and treatment, Hong Kong support groups urge

Most of more than 439 patients polled express hope they will not have to make up excuses to leave work, and can practise discretion while recovering.

26 Jan 2019 - 11:15PM
Reinstate flexible timings for outpatient mental health services so sufferers can balance work and treatment, Hong Kong support groups urge

Most of more than 439 patients polled express hope they will not have to make up excuses to leave work, and can practise discretion while recovering.

Passports for sale: Yingluck is Cambodian, Jho Low is from St Kitts. Here’s where you could be from (if you have the cash)

Whether you’re running from the law or the taxman, or just seeking a smile at immigration, nationalities are yours for the taking (if you’ve got US$100,000+). So with the world your oyster, what country gives the best bang for your buck?

28 Jan 2019 - 4:41PM
Passports for sale: Yingluck is Cambodian, Jho Low is from St Kitts. Here’s where you could be from (if you have the cash)

Whether you’re running from the law or the taxman, or just seeking a smile at immigration, nationalities are yours for the taking (if you’ve got US$100,000+). So with the world your oyster, what country gives the best bang for your buck?

Grand Cinema in Hong Kong’s Elements mall to close at the end of February after more than 11 years in business

The 12-screen multiplex, inside the Elements shopping centre, is the biggest in Hong Kong and opened in 2007. The cinema says its owner the Shaw Group needs to consolidate its operations.

25 Jan 2019 - 9:54PM
Grand Cinema in Hong Kong’s Elements mall to close at the end of February after more than 11 years in business

The 12-screen multiplex, inside the Elements shopping centre, is the biggest in Hong Kong and opened in 2007. The cinema says its owner the Shaw Group needs to consolidate its operations.

Customs urged to step up prosecutions in illegal wildlife trade – with blood of 3,000 elephants, 65,000 pangolins and 51 rhinoceros on Hong Kong’s hands

Study reveals alarming surge in smuggling activity, but prosecution rate remains low. Experts call for cases to be handled under law against organised crime for greater deterrence and investigative firepower.

21 Jan 2019 - 11:54PM
Customs urged to step up prosecutions in illegal wildlife trade – with blood of 3,000 elephants, 65,000 pangolins and 51 rhinoceros on Hong Kong’s hands

Study reveals alarming surge in smuggling activity, but prosecution rate remains low. Experts call for cases to be handled under law against organised crime for greater deterrence and investigative firepower.

Surge in parallel trading in Tin Shui Wai sparks call for Hong Kong government action

Police and locals note that area has become pick-up point for goods bought throughout city, while concern groups demand seven government departments respond to letter.

20 Jan 2019 - 7:01AM
Surge in parallel trading in Tin Shui Wai sparks call for Hong Kong government action

Police and locals note that area has become pick-up point for goods bought throughout city, while concern groups demand seven government departments respond to letter.

Upset Andy Lau fans call for answers after Hong Kong government rejects bid to reschedule cancelled shows

Canto-pop superstar had wanted to perform in December, but Leisure and Cultural Services Department said no; now 80,000 upset fans are waiting for a refund.

18 Jan 2019 - 11:33PM
Upset Andy Lau fans call for answers after Hong Kong government rejects bid to reschedule cancelled shows

Canto-pop superstar had wanted to perform in December, but Leisure and Cultural Services Department said no; now 80,000 upset fans are waiting for a refund.

208 Hong Kong kindergartens and childcare centres told to shut for a week after outbreaks of flu

Centre for Health Protection recommends 20 per cent of facilities close for seven days after four flu outbreaks reported at three kindergartens and a primary school on Thursday.

18 Jan 2019 - 11:25PM
208 Hong Kong kindergartens and childcare centres told to shut for a week after outbreaks of flu

Centre for Health Protection recommends 20 per cent of facilities close for seven days after four flu outbreaks reported at three kindergartens and a primary school on Thursday.

Hong Kong’s backlog of torture claimants cleared a year early helped by pilot scheme with revised lawyer pay

Principal Assistant Secretary for Security Billy Woo says new scheme paying lawyers a fixed rate per case instead of by hour has helped speed up process.

16 Jan 2019 - 7:03AM
Hong Kong’s backlog of torture claimants cleared a year early helped by pilot scheme with revised lawyer pay

Principal Assistant Secretary for Security Billy Woo says new scheme paying lawyers a fixed rate per case instead of by hour has helped speed up process.

Low pay and politics means Hong Kong teachers have little incentive to work in mainland China, groups say

A government announcement offered the city’s educators the opportunity to work across the border, but low pay and politics mean there is little incentive for teachers to make the move.

11 Jan 2019 - 10:58PM
Low pay and politics means Hong Kong teachers have little incentive to work in mainland China, groups say

A government announcement offered the city’s educators the opportunity to work across the border, but low pay and politics mean there is little incentive for teachers to make the move.

Cambodia denies it issued a passport to former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, despite evidence in Hong Kong corporate filings

Interior ministry says Cambodia ‘never’ issues passports to foreigners, though it did to over 1,500 between 2014 and 2017.

11 Jan 2019 - 9:56PM
Cambodia denies it issued a passport to former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, despite evidence in Hong Kong corporate filings

Interior ministry says Cambodia ‘never’ issues passports to foreigners, though it did to over 1,500 between 2014 and 2017.

Former Thailand prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra does have a Cambodian passport, and may have used it to flee in 2017

Cambodia had denied that it gave Yingluck Shinawatra, who was supposedly under 24-hour military surveillance, any travel documents. But the ex-politician used it to set up a company in Hong Kong last year.

9 Jan 2019 - 11:30PM
Former Thailand prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra does have a Cambodian passport, and may have used it to flee in 2017

Cambodia had denied that it gave Yingluck Shinawatra, who was supposedly under 24-hour military surveillance, any travel documents. But the ex-politician used it to set up a company in Hong Kong last year.